Don’t be Afraid of the Dental Surgery!
Dental Surgery – Types
There are different types of dental surgery such as endodontic, regarding the root canal and the pulp of the tooth, prosthodontics meaning dental prosthetics, orthodontic dealing with implants and extracts and periodontics, dealing with the supporting tissues and the gums.
The interventions are made under a large spectrum of dental anesthesia, from local anesthetics to serious sedation and general anesthesia.
Every medical intervention has some rules to be followed by the patient in order to be prepared for the procedure and to speed up the healing process. Dental surgery makes no exception from this, so every future oral surgery patient should know some basics.
Dental Surgery – Before and After
Before the surgical procedure the skin is disinfected, so the patient shouldn’t apply make-up, men should shave right beforehand, since shaving adds an extra disinfection to the skin. Being a procedure under local anesthesia, the patient should be on an empty stomach.
After the surgical procedure there are also some rules to follow, such as not to spit any inserted swab unless told or applying cloth wrapped ice bags locally in the first 24 hours. The patient mustn’t eat until the anesthesia wears off and when he eats, he must choose the opposite side of the mouth for chewing. Avoid raw foods, crumbly food and dairy products in the first three days after surgery. Smoking and drinking alcohol are strictly out of the question. Resume daily oral hygiene routine the second day, avoiding the area. For rinsing, use salt warm water or medical prescribed mouthwash and avoid oral douche for a few days.
Other consequences after a dental intervention are some secondary effects, such as face bruises, face swelling, increasing in the days following, high body temperature, pain. Restrict all physical activity and rest. No sunlight exposure, no exercise, no sauna, just repose.
There are surgical procedures affecting the maxillary sinus in the upper jaw. After these, it is important not to sneeze, so keep away from dust and pollen sources such as parks. Don’t hold the nose, if sneezing becomes inevitable!
The most important rule of all is to strictly follow all dental surgeon or dental specialist’s instructions regarding recovery and medication.
Dental Surgery for Preschoolers
Tooth decay causes pain, leads to tooth loss and affects with the young child’s eating and proper growth.
The nowadays food and the parents lack of control have increased the incidence of decay in preschool children over the past few years, and more and more children need dental surgery these days. In an interview for The New York Times some respondent dental professionals stated that they noticed the phenomena, seeing young children with ten or more cavities.
The spokesman for the American Dental Association, pediatric dentist Jonathan Shenkin, told the Times that more kids than ever are subjects to aggressive dental surgery. The reason for this, the specialists think, is related to sweet drinks and acidified beverages, snacks before bedtime without teeth washing, quality of the water, bad teeth washing habits. As in many other domains, there is a widespread lack of awareness concerning proper oral health care for children.
Children, on the other hand, have a natural instinct to hate washing their teeth especially when they see it as an imposed rule, so parents should convert it into a fun habit, non -compulsory and playful. But some parents just leave their kids alone, not insisting for them to brush their teeth, just because the offsprings hate it. Many parents should know that a child must be appointed for a dental consult even before their first year’s anniversary, although they tend to be a little toothless then. Parents must brush their children’s teeth, if they are under three and supervise them constantly during the process until six.
Parents are advised to check regularly their kids for dark teeth or any change in their dentition. Any sign of decay is a sign for an appointment at a dental health care medical center.
One issue when it comes to dental surgery for kids is the use of anesthesia, locally or even generally. Sometimes doctors use local anesthesia in cases in which an adult would be spared, but young patients can’t resist.
Dental Surgery – Tips for Parents
Mother: Has your tooth stopped hurting?
Son: I don’t know. The dentist kept it!
Dental extractions are anxious events for both children and parents, so try to use some of the below helpful tips to ease your child’s dental visit:
- Adopt a positive attitude because it’s very important that parents keep their calm, as children take over the adults’ state of spirit.
- Most important, do not ever threat children to punish them with dental visits or try to bribe them with rewards after the consult.
- Be a good example for your kids! Have good dental habits at home, brush twice daily, don’t forget to floss, take the kids at you dental routine visits.
- Every dental visit should be an exciting adventure, if you’re eager to do it, your child will be to!
- Never make comments like “the doctor won’t hurt you” or describe the future appointment in terms like “shot”, “drill”, “pain”, “hurt”. Instead of reassuring your kid, such words will make him more anxious and suspicious about what is going to happen. He knows that whenever is going to be fun, you don’t warn him in advance.
- Get ready to make a huge step for a parent and let your child go alone into the treatment area. Although parents think that they should be present when their child is treated, doctors say that parents or siblings attending can occasionally undermine the communication with their patient. The younger children are more comfortable with a parent nearby, so they should be attended, but the parent can be a silent partner and let the dentist establish communication and trust directly with them.
Whether it is for children or grown-ups, dental surgery is meant to solve you all your dental problems and there is no reason to fear such procedure, as they are performed by experienced doctors who really know what they are doing!